Saturday, June 14, 2008 8:48:42 PM
After writing my previous post
, I realized: why only test Firefox 3 and Opera 9.5? Windows Live Hotmail is a pretty friggin' important site, so it should work everywhere!
So, I decided to test Hotmail's full "AJAX" version in the newest available versions of all 4 major browsers.Opera 9.50 Final:
Opera 9.50 supports the full version of Windows Live Hotmail without any problems, thanks to Opera's innovative browser.js site patching
.Safari 3.1.1 Final:
Redirected to classic version
Safari is not supported by Windows Live Hotmail's full version. At least the classic version works.Firefox 3.0 RC3:
Error, redirected to classic version
Although Firefox is a supported browser for Hotmail, the latest version doesn't seem to work. Again, at least the classic version still works.Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1:
Classic version unusable!
Sometimes, I wonder if the folks who work for Microsoft actually use their own browser...
Tuesday, January 8, 2008 11:39:26 AM
I've been working on a compatibility script
for Windows Live Hotmail (apparently the 2nd most popular webmail service, behind Yahoo! Mail
) in Opera. Overall, it has been smooth sailing - the only real differences between Opera and IE/Firefox involve some timing differences of multiple <script> onload events (there is no relevant detailed specification for this, so Opera isn't breaking any rules I know of).
I have found something in particular that Opera does really well: showing the "From" menu on the compose screen. In fact, Opera is noticably better at it than the competition:
(click for full resolution version, 276KB PNG)
Clearly, Microsoft has some more work to do, in order to ensure that their browser properly renders their webmail service